Walker quickest at damp Brands

Chris Walker got things underway for the eighth round of the MCE British Superbike Championship by posting the quickest time in first free practice at a damp Brands Hatch.

With overnight rain making the conditions difficult in the initial stages, most of the quick times were set in the closing minutes as riders attempted to make a good impression early on.

Ultimately, the session would be split between a handful of newcomers that required the additional mileage, and those that kept their running to a minimum.

Leon Camier was amongst those to complete just a few laps in the early minutes before bringing his session to an early conclusion, while James Ellison and Karl Harris didn't manage a single lap.

Instead, it was Walker, buoyed by his second podium of the season last time out at Mallory Park, that led the way in the drying conditions, just a tenth up on HM Plant Honda's new rider, Karl Muggeridge, the Australian doing an impressive job on his first competitive outing with the team.

He was followed by Sheridan Morais on the visiting World Superbike Kawasaki ZX-10R, the South African finishing a second quicker than more experience team-mate Broc Parkes, the Australian emerging in sixth position.

Between them, Tommy Hill made it four different manufacturers inside the top four on the Worx Crescent Suzuki, while fifth place for Buildbase Kawasaki's Tristan Palmer signals a good start to the weekend for 'Team Green'.

Leading Cup rider Gary Mason and Steve Brogan both enjoyed stints at the top of the timesheets, before slipping down to seventh and eighth, while Stuart Easton and David Johnson completed the top ten.

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Chris Walker - Motorpoint/Henderson Yamaha [pic credit: Clive Challinor]
Chris Walker - Motorpoint/Henderson Yamaha [pic credit: Clive Challinor]
Richard Cannon`s shot of Chris Walker rounding Clearways could be said to be similar to that taken by Jed Pilmoor-Brady of Plater and Camier battling for the lead in Race 2 at Brands. However this one for me still deserves to be in the final five. The reason for it`s inclusion is that, like Jed`s shot, it is pin sharp, composition is good, the  background is clean with no distractions. However Richard has either used a longer lens or cropped it tighter to zoom in one the one bike which itself makes it more dramatic. The fact also that it`s more of a head-on angle than Jed`s also gives it a more purposeful pose and Walker`s knee slider is literally sliding along the track, it`s a very powerful shot indeed.
Chris Walker - Henderson/Motorpoint Yamaha [pic credit: Clive Challinor]
Jake Dixon, RAF Reserves Kawasaki [Credit: MSV BSB Media]
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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August 07, 2009 4:06 PM

Would be great to see chris walker on the podium this weekend,if it rains we might just see it, as for the two kwackers, well this ain't race conditions so in the race they don't stand a dogs, Still putting my money on the chewing gum brigade and don't right of stuart easton. But to all you riders out there :D keep it on the black stuff.


August 08, 2009 8:00 AM

Lets all appllaude the riders win or lose I for one could'nt do it, and I'm sure at his age Dave could'nt so davey boy keep taking the tablets and get back on your little 125 and leave the big boys toys to us proper riders.

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